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IPL Auction Day 2: Umesh, Munaf strike gold; Jayasuriya unsold

17.59 - Oh wait. Kaif is back in business. Pune have gone for him. Now Deccan have retaliated, put 110,000. RCB cut in with 130,000. That's where it stays. Bangalore have Kaif for 130,000. That should be the end of the auctions. For good.

17.57 - That's it. The auctions have ended. Ganguly hasn't been recalled. No Gayle either. Murali Kartik has been picked up by Pune.

17.55 - Robert Frylinck, taken by Delhi for 20,000.

17.53 - Rangana Herath, unsold.

17.52 - Aiden Blizzard goes to Mumbai for 20k. Still no signs of Sourav Ganguly. Is it really the end for him?

17.51 - Nathan Rimmington, up for 20,000, goes to Punjab.

17.49 - Michael Lumb of England next. Deccan take him for 80,000.

17.47 - Luke Ronchi, unsold. Colin Ingram has been taken by Delhi for 100,000.

17.47 - Moises Henriques sold to Mumbai for 50,000.

17.46 - Xavier Doherty, unsold again.

17.44 - Loots Bosman, unsold. What a complete waste of time this re-auction is. Remember, teams requested these players to be brought back for re-auction. Now, no one wants to buy them. Strange.

17.42 - Kiwi Colin de Grandhomme, unsold. Glen Maxwell, unsold. Tim Southee, unsold.

17.41 - Kiwi Jamie How, up for 50,000. Unsold.

17.40 - Jonathan Vandiyar, the left-hander from South Africa, has gone to RCB for his base price of 20,000.

17.40 - Dmitri Mascarenhas, the former Rajasthan all-rounder, goes to Punjab for the opening bid of 100,000.

17.38 - Adam Voges next. Unsolf. Complete farce and a waste of time.

17.38 - Wasim Jaffer. Unsold.

Alert - Dhoni has won the toss and elect to bat against South Africa in the only T20 International. Click for scores and commentary.

17.36 - Travis Birt next. Sold to Delhi for 20k.

17.34 - Juan 'Rusty' Theron next. He goes to Deccan for 85,000.

17.33 - Lendl Simmons, for 50k. Unsold. Someone needs to explain why these players have gone unsold after being recalled.

17.32 - Murali Kartik next. Left-arm spinner, up for 200,000. Pune have gone for him. Kartik would be a relieved man. Bangalore pull out at 400,000. Pune get him for 400,000.

17.29 - Mohammad Kaif. No takers again. The farce continues.

17.28 - Dillon du Preez. No bids again. This is a farce, a disgrace. Why were these players recalled if nobody wants to bid for them?

17.27 - David Miller, 100k, for the left-handed bat from Australia. No bids again.

17.26 - Daniel Harris, right-handed bat from Australia, no bids again. What's happening here? Harris joins VRV in a select club.

17.25 - VRV Singh is next. Base-priced at 100,000. No bids. Surprising. Why was he recalled then? VRV has now the ignominy to remain unsold twice in the same IPL auction.

17.25 - Ryder was base-priced at 100,000. The left-handed opener cum right-handed seam bowler has been sold to Pune for 150,000.

17.23 - Now bids will be invited for unsold players nominated by the teams.

Jesse Ryder is first.

17.02 - We had missed one name in the sold players' list. Nuwan Pradeep has gone to Bangalore for 20,000. Thanks watstherein_name for pointing that out. Never miss a beat, do you?

Meanwhile, Wasim Akram is thrilled to have Unadkat at KKR.

16.42 - Lots of readers are unhappy that their favourite teams don't have the right players for each positions.

Have some patience folks. The player buying doesn't end with these auctions. The teams also have to get players from their catchment areas. Some players, including foreign ones, will be bought outside the auctions.

So, don't be sad. There's a lot of team-building left before the first IPL match is played in April.

16.35 - The auction ends. A five minute break will follow. 353 players went under the hammer over the last two days. Stay tuned. Sourav Ganguly could be brought back for another round of auction for the unsold players.

RCB owner Vijay Mallya says former captain Anil Kumble will play an important role in rebuilding their team. 

16.27 - Francois du Plessis is here to wake everyone up. After a hotly contested bid, Chennai take him for 120,000.

16.21 - Abhishek was the only first one to answer that last quiz question correctly. Dale Steyn is correct; he had tested positive for a higher-than-permitted level of morphine, but it was not a punishable offense.

16.21 - Chris Lynn has been bought by Deccan for 20,000.

16.13 - Rilee Rossouw of South Africa, sold to RCB, for 20,000.

16.06 - This quiz is more fun that the auction. Thanks for the responses, guys.

Next question.

Which fast bowler tested positive for a drug in the second season of IPL? Hint: it was not a Pakistani cricketer.

We'll post the answer in 15 minutes.

16.05 - Rohit Sharma is correct. Well done James, who was the first to answer.

15.55 - OK, next quiz question:

Mashrafe Mortaza, who just went unsold, got hit for 26 runs in the final over of an IPL match. Name the batsman who hit him for a last-ball six to win this match. Answer in 10 minutes.

15.54 - Alfonso Thomas wakes us up. There's a hot bidding war going on. Pune take this South African all-rounder for 100,000.

15.52 - Yawn! Well done, those who answered MS Dhoni to that quiz question.

15.40 - A handful of other little-known international players have gone unsold. This is sleep inducing. To kill time, let's have a little pop quiz.

Who was the highest paid cricketer at the first IPL auction in 2008? Post your answers in the comments.

15.39 - Thomas Smith, unsold. Darren Stevens, unsold. Gah.

15.37 - Morne van Wyke, unsold. Meanwhile, news is the KKR want to use Sourav Ganguly as a mentor. Glen Maxwell, unsold.

15.36 - Mark Cosgrove, unsold.

15.36 - Junaid Siddique, unsold. Joe Denly, unsold.

15.35 - Mahela Udawatte, unsold. Teams are preserving money here. They want to go for quality buys later on.

15.34 - Imrul Kayes, unsold.

15.33 - Darren Ganga, unsold.

15.32 - Peter Ingram, unsold. This is getting boring here. Just one sale in the last 35 minutes.

15.32 - David Miller, Adrian Barath, unsold.

Next, batsmen.

15.30 - Mitchell Starc, unsold.

15.29 - Iain O'Brein, the blogging, tweeting Kiwi. Unsold.

15.29 - Nuwan Zoysa. Unsold.

15.28 - Rory Kleinveldt, unsold.

15.27 - James Pattinson, 100k. And KKR break the duck after lunch. KKR take Pattinson for his base price.

15.25 - Sajid Mahmood, unsold.

15.24 - Stuart Clarke, unsold. Dilhara Lokuhettige unsold.

15.22 - Dammika Prasad, unsold. Darryl Tuffey unsold. That's 27 on the trot.

15.22 - Panyangara of Zim, unsold. That's 25 players on the trot, unsold.

15.20 - Chithaka Jayasinghe, Mohammad Mahmadullah, unsold.

15.19 - M Pushpakumara, Rayad Emrit, Lee Carseldine, Akalanka Ganegama unsold.

15.18 - Chamu Chibhabha, Asanka Fernando, Gayan Wijekoon, all unsold.

15.16 -Next, all-rounders.

15.15 - Ramnaresh Sarwan, Thilana Kandamby, Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza unsold.

15.13 - Ricardo Powell, Xavier Marshall, Loots Bosman, Lendl Simmons, Thilan Samaraweera, Phil Hughes - all unsold as the bidding restarts.

15.02 - We resume after the lunch break. There's talk that Sourav Ganguly and other unsold players may be brought back to the bidding process once the original list of players finishes. Currently, the schedule for the 2011 tournament is being drawn.

Today's top buys included Daniel Christian, Umesh Yadav and Munaf Patel. Venugopal Rao was richer by $700,000.

14.00 - Australian Shane Harwood and West Indies' all-rounder Ravi Rampaul goes unsold as we head for lunch. We will see you after an hour.

13.59 - Strangely there are no bids for West Indies' Fidel Edwards. He was with Chargers last season.

13.58 - No buyers for Andy McKay.

13.57 - VRV Singh, former Punjab employee, goes unsold.

13.56 - Jerome Taylor of West Indies goes to Pune.

13.54 - Bangalore gets Johan van der Wath at base price os $50,000.

13.52 - South African Andre Nel and New Zealand's Ian Butler go unsold

13.50 - Pankaj Singh, retained by Rajasthan, 95,000.

13.50 - Chris Tremlett, Ashes hero, unsold.

13.50 - Ryan Sidebottom, unsold.

13.50 - Mkhaya Ntini, unsold. He is playing his farewell international match today. Don't miss it.

13.49 - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, unsold.

13.48 - Chanaka Welegedera, unsold.

13.46 - Jeevantha Kulatunga, unsold.

13.46 - Kaushalya Weeraratne, unsold.

13.45 - Graham Napier, unsold.

13.45 -  Prosper Utseya, unsold.

13.43 - John Hastings, gone to Kochi for 20,000.

13.42 - Andrew McDonald, sold to Delhi, 80,000.

13.39 - Mitchell Marsh, brother of Shaun, son of Geoff, captain of the Australia juniors and U-19 World Cup winner. Good talent, formerly with Deccan Chargers.

Sold to Pune for 290,000 where his father Geoff is the coach. Interesting.

13.36 - Ryan ten Doeschate, the Dutch all-rounder. Sold to 150,000 to Kolkata. He's the ICC Associate Cricketer of the year.

13.35 - Darren Sammy, unsold. Aaron Redmond, unsold.

All-rounders segment next.

13.31 - Michael Klinger, Aussie batsman, 20k. Sold to Kochi for 75,000. Kochi are going after some batsmen now.

13.30 - Neil McKenzie, 100k, unsold.

13.29 - Lou Vincent. Remember him? Unsold.

13.28 - Owais Shah, 200k. Sold to Kochi for base price.

13.27 - Jehan Mubarak, starts at just 20k. This could be a good bargain buy. But Mubarak is unsold.

13.27 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul - unsold.

13.26 - No takers for Simon Katich.

13.25 - Martin Guptill, Kiwi batter, excellent fielder, 100k. Unsold.

13.24 - Jacques Rudolph, 100k, unsold.

13.24 - Jonathan Trott, starting at 200,000. Unsold.

13.23 - Bryce McGain, unsold.

13.21 - Surav Randiv, Chennai bid for 50,000. Sold for 80,000 to Chennai.

13.20 - Ray Price, Zimbabwe, any takers? Still unsold.

13.20 - Aaron Heal, unsold.

1.20 - Jason Krejza, who took 12 on Test debut in Nagpur, unsold.

13.19 - Xavier Doherty, Australia, 100k, no takers. Unsold.

13.19 - Suhrawadi Shuvo, Bangladesh, 50k, unsold.

13.18 - Abdur Razzaq, Bangladesh, 50k. Will KKR go for him? No. Unsold.

13.18 - Spin bowlers next.

Kochi's side is loaded with bowlers. Wonder what's their strategy. Who would be their captain? We're thinking Mahela or Brendon McCullum. Here's a thought: what would happen to the team if Sreesanth was its captain? Comment away!

13.05 - Tim Southee, unsold.

13.00 - Sudeep Tyagi, opening at 50k. Punjab pull out at 240,000 and that's what he will be paid by Chennai, who've retained Tyagi. Chennai have looked after their own, rebuying several of their players.

12.59 - Chaminda Vaas, left out of the SL World Cup team. Unsold, no surprises.

12.57 - Nuwan Kulasekara, former world No. 1 bowler in ODIs, starts at 100,000. Goes to Chennai for his base price.

12.55 - Abhimanyu Mithun, sold to Bangalore for 260,000.

12.53 - Wayne Parnell, 100k, goes to Pune for 160,000.

12.52 - Kemar Roach, 100k, unsold. Thilan Thushara, unsold again.

12.47 - Joginder Sharma, the T20 World Cup hero, but long discarded from the Indian team, up for 100k. He is retained by Chennai, for 150,000.

12.41 - Manpreet Gony, one of the finds of IPL 2008, starts at 50k. Kings XI seem to be interested in the burly Punjabi pacer. He was with Chennai previously. Deccan and Punjab are in a bidding war here. Up to 190,000.

Gony's record, 26 IPL matches, 23 wickets at 30.73. Up to 250,000 now.

Gony goes to Deccan for 290,000!

12.33 - Jaidev Unadkat. Begins at 50k. Chennai make the first bid. He goes to KKR for 250,000 after a huge bidding war.

12.33 - Juan 'Rusty' Theron, 50k, unsold. Sanjay Manjrekar says it's shocking. He was a good death bowler in the Champions League, he says.

12.32 - Peter Siddle, Aussie pacer, 200k. No bids. Quite incredible. Unsold! He just took a hat-trick in the first Ashes Test recently.

12.31 - Ben Hilfenhaus, the big Aussie, for 100k. Chennai make a belated first bid. No other bids. Sold for 100k.

That's the end of the all-rounders' segment. Pacers next.

12.30 - Grant Elliot, Kiwi, 50K, unsold.

12.30 - Moises Henriques, NSW all-rounder, unsold.

12.59 - Dillon du Preez, formerly with RCB, unsold.

12.28 - Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe captain, unsold.

12.26 - Scott Styris, starts at 100K. Chennai start at 100k. The unsold streak ends. For 200,000 he goes to Chennai.

12.25 - Samit Patel, English all-rounder, starts at 50k. Still no bids. Make that eight.

12.25 - Vernon Philander, starts at 50K. No bids! Seven in a row.

12.24 - Zander de Bruyn - looks like he won't be sold. That's six in a row.

12.22 - Justin Ontong, starts at 20K among the new set of all-rounders. Unsold. That's five players unsold in a row.

12.22 - Darren Bravo, brother of Dwayne, goes unsold. Wasim Jaffer. Unsold.

12.20 - Adam Voges, Upul Tharanga - Unsold.

12.15 - Venugopal Rao, up for 100K. Pune makes the first bid. Kochi next. A talented batsman, he's been a disappointment in the IPL - 33 games, two fifties, 446 runs at 19.39. But he's batted down the order a lot.

Sold to Delhi for 700,000!

12.15 - Michael Lumb. Unsold.

12.12 - Mohammad Kaif next. Bidding starts at 100,000. No bids. Wow. Now that's a fallen star. He's done poorly in T20.

12.12 - Luke Pomersbach goes to Bangalore for 50k.

12.10 - England's Ian Bell. Unsold. Lots of England players have been avoided. Availability is a problem.

12.10 - Back after the break. Chamara Silva, base-priced 100K, goes unsold.

News plug: Lalit Modi says the auction reveals the true worth of players. Do you agree?

And we have a breather for 10 minutes now. It was a crazy session with teams spending very carefully on players.

11.57 - Kochi gets little known Australian Steven O'Keefe for $20,000. Nice buy, eh.

11.55 - West Indies' Nikita Miller not sold as well.

11.53 - South Africa's Robin Peterson, West Indies' Sulieman Benn, Sri Lankan Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Malinga Bandara go unsold.

11.51 - Delhi bags South African Roelof van der Merwe at base price of $50,000.

11.50 - Sri Lankan spin bowler Rangana Herath and South African Paul Harris also goes unsold.

11.48 - England's Monty Panesar goes unsold.

11.44 - Lakshmipathy Balaji is up for the grabs and Chennai is seriously after him. Super Kings lose their man and Kolkata gets Balaji for $500,000.

11.42 - Clint McKay, Australian all-rounder, goes to Mumbai for $110,000.

11.38 -Indian Umesh Yadav must be jumping in the air. There is a big fight between the teams out there for him. And Delhi gets him for $750,000...You gotta be kidding me.

11.36 - Rajasthan get their guy Shaun Tait back at base price of $300,000.

11.35 - New Zealand's Kyle Mills goes unsold.

I don't understand, Mumbai let Zaheer go yesterday and bought Munaf today. Strange.

11.34 - Munaf Patel has the attention of all IPL teams. And Mumbai gets him for $700,00.

11.32 - Sri Lankan Farveez Maharoof with a base price of $100,000 goes unsold.

11.28 - Ashok Dinda is now up for the grabs and Kolkata looks very serious for him. And Delhi gets him for $375,000.

For your information the IPL-4 will have 70 league matches

11.26 - Big fight for former Bangalore player Vinay Kumar. Big buyer Kochi gets him for $475,000.

11.24 - South African Charl Langeveldt, a useful Twenty20 bowler, is up for the grabs now. And Bangalore gets him for $140,000.

11.23 - South African and former Mumbai bowler Ryan McLaren goes unsold.

11.21 - And the fight is on for Ajit Agarkar. Remember him! And Delhi gets him for $210,000.

11.20 - England's Ravi Bopara, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith, New Zealand's Jacob Oram, South Africa all-rounder Justin Kemp and England's Dimitri Mascarenhas goes unsold.

11.16 - Sri Lankan Thisara Perera goes to Kochi for $80,000.

11.14 - Big fight for Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian. Deccan Chargers finally wins the race to land Christian for $900,000.

11.12 - No takers for England's Ashes hero Tim Bresnan.

11.09 - Former Mumbai Indians opener Sanath Jayasuriya with a base price of $200,000 goes unsold. He now joins biggies in Lara, Ganguly and Gayle who failed attract a bid this time.

11.08 - Gareth Hopkins from New Zealand, Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor, Sri Lankan Dinesh Chandimal, Ireland wicket-keeper, Niall O'Brien and Australian Luke Ronchi goes unsold.

It is getting very hot here.

11.06 - Delhi Daredevils has taken the initiative to start the proceedings. Matthew Wade goes to Delhi for $100,000

11.05 - No buyer for Australian wicket-keeper Chris Hartley.

11.04 - Sri Lankan Indika de Saram and Denesh Ramdin from West Indies goes unsold.

Allright the Auction is Live Now...

The second day of the Indian Premier League auction will start in a short while with 264 players up for the grabs. We'll be bogging live through the auction to give you all the instant updates.

The fourth edition of the IPL got off to a roaring start in Bangalore yesterday with Gautam Gambhir topping the list of moneybags with a record $2.4 million deal with Kolkata Knight Riders.

Surprisingly, there were no takers for former India and West Indies captains Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara. Nobody even bothered to care for player like Chris Gayle. Crazy aye!

Gambhir led three others into the $2-million bracket, Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata Knight Riders, $2.1 million), Robin Uthappa (Pune Warriors, $2.1mn), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians, $2mn) commanding whopping prices. Irfan Pathan missed the $2-million mark as Delhi Daredevils got him for $1.9mn. Yuvraj Singh (1.8mn) also came close to the big figure.

Among the overseas players, Mahela Jayawerdena was bought for $1.5mn by Kochi while Knight Riders successfully bid for South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis for $1.1mn. Speedster Dale Steyn $1.2mn went to Deccan Chargers after an intense battle.

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